Green Tips for the Holiday’s

The holiday party season is upon us; why not make it “green”?  Here are a few ways to make your holiday party a little more sustainable- courtesy of our friends at the EPA. 

  • Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or funny papers. Also remember to save or recycle used wrapping paper. Give gifts that don’t require much packaging, such as concert tickets or gift certificates. 
  • Bake cookies or other goodies for your friends and love ones and package them in reusable and/or recyclable containers as gifts. Homemade goodies show how much you care and help you avoid packaging waste.
  • If you’re buying new greeting cards this holiday season, give recycled-content greeting cards. Buying recycled encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content products available. Consider making new cards from scrap paper or by attaching new backs to the fronts of old cards. Another option is to tear off the fronts and use them as postcards. Also consider sending electronic cards, and remember to recycle any paper cards you receive.
  • Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer.
  • If you host a party, set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse party hats, decorations, and favors.

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